as i gaze into a starry sky
obsessed with thoughts of how and why
i’m amazed at the silence of limitless space
and my vantage point, a finite trace
feeling within a trembling fear
i shout GOD! are you out here
but my words echo on to no avail
is there no heaven?…is there no hell?…
oh, ominous orb so deep and vast
whose future spins within the past
is time a mere scale in the life of a man?
or is it of some cosmic plan?
and this world we’re upon, this physical strife
may it be death which in turn is life?
lost and bewildered in the daze of my youth
does an aura surround?, is there ultimate truth?
a thought like a comet bursts the walls of my
death ends existence!, death halts time!
no it can’t be … it mustn’t be … i pray
i push …but the thought won’t slide away
with head in my hands, i look upward no more
for the moment arrives like a knock on the door
so i lean back and rock in the old sitting
as my soul starts to slip in the noose of
while pondering i fall in a trance-like sleep
and hear the voice of eternity speak…
“child of the world do not dismay
listen close to what i say…
you have been and will always be
part of the universe, part of me
you’re earthly now, but will return
receiving the peace your heart so yearns”
Athens, Ohio ‘77